The Esophageal is a long muscular tube which connects the throat to the stomach. From the esophageal, swallowed food and liquids journey down the stomach.
According to a new study, an increase in esophageal cancer is linked with taking very hot tea. People who drink their tea hot every day double their risk of cancer.
From the analysis, many who consume about 700 ml of tea daily which is approximately two cups when at 60° Celcius or 140° Fahrenheit has a 90% higher risk of cancer. Those who drink lesser tea at reduced temperature are safer. This study was conducted using 50,000 people in Golestan.
Generally, a good number of people start their day with tea. However, from this study, it has been reported that taking a piping hot tea increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
The study, therefore, recommends allowing some time for hot beverages to reduce the temperature before consumption. According to Dr. Farhad Islami, who is the lead author of the American Cancer Society.
This study published on Wednesday the 20th of March 2019 in the International Journal of Cancer was the first of its kind because it was specific on the tea temperature. Past studies have also linked esophageal cancer to hot beverages.
Esophageal Cancer is increasing rapidly. At present, it is the eighth most common cancer and often fatal. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, esophageal cancer kills approximately 400,000 people every year. This cancer is especially associated with regular injury to the esophagus due to hot liquids, alcohol and acid reflux.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated number of 13,750 and 3,900 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in men and women respectively in the United States alone this year.
50,045 people aged between 40 and 75 were studied for an average of 10 years by the team, of researchers. Between 2004 and 2017, about 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were detected. According to the study, further study will be carried out on why it was specifically hot tea that was liked to esophageal cancer.
Dr. James Doidge, the senior research associate at University College London, described hot drinks as an established risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, contributed. He said that the problem is not with the type of beverage you drink rather the temperature of the beverage.
You are not far from the fact if you say; it is anything hot ranging from hot jam to hot food cause esophageal injury. Maybe the trauma you get while eating hot food or taking hot drink transforms into cancer. Evans said; though he was not part of the study.
In places like Russia, Iran, Turkey, and South America, it is common to drink high-temperature tea. This is different in places like the United States and Europe. Here, tea is hardly taken at temperatures above 65° Celsius.
Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the USA told CNN last year that tea in the Middle East or Russia is usually very, very hot. This is so because tea is served out of a samovar kept constantly under heat.
Decades of research is not needed to reveal that repeated irritation of a body part will most likely lead to cancer. For example, prolonged exposure to the sun leads to skin cancer, smoking increases the risk of lung cancer and some foods and drinks aids gastrointestinal cancers. Doidge told the Science Media Center.
Check CNN report.